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Hatewatch Headlines 11/20/14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 20, 2014 - 9:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

USA Today: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns that an Obama immigration order could spark reactionary violence.

Right Wing Watch: Larry Pratt tells Alan Colmes that threatening politicians ‘is what the Second Amendment is all about.’

Media Matters: Laura Ingraham advises Republicans to dismantle the 14th Amendment’s ‘birthright citizenship nonsense.’

Breitbart Unmasked:  Invisible Empire? Racist police play a major role in the KKK’s 2014 recruitment drive.

MSNBC: The new culture war will revolve around the campaign for ‘religious freedom’ to discriminate.

The Daily Beast: Vatican’s under-the-radar anti-LGBT symposium suggests Pope Francis is backpedaling on gay rights.

Talking Points Memo: Secret Service arrest man with rifle, ammunition in car near White House.

Raw Story: Louisiana TV station owner’s Facebook rants warn that convenience stores are being taken over by terrorists.

Federal Judge in North Carolina Upholds Liberty Dollar Founder’s Conviction

By Bill Morlin on November 19, 2014 - 5:34 pm, Posted in Extremist Commerce, Extremist Crime, Patriot
Bernard Von Nothaus

Bernard Von Nothaus

A federal judge in North Carolina has denied a motion to set aside the 2011 jury conviction of a Bernard von NotHaus, an antigovernment activist who minted and sold his own silver coins in competition with U.S. government.

The protracted and complex legal case attracted widespread interest from gold and coin enthusiasts, as well as antigovernment activists and antigovernment “sovereign citizens” who say the government cannot control them.

The 47-page ruling, filed Nov. 10 by U.S. District Judge Richard Vorhees, came three years after von NotHaus’ conviction in Asheville, N.C., and the filing of assorted post-trial motions, including an attempted legal intervention by Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. The ruling on those motions, all rejected as baseless by the court, clears the way for von NotHaus’ sentencing next month.

After his conviction, the man who described himself as the “architect of the free-money movement” argued that federal laws under which he was charged are unconstitutional and that federal prosecutors didn’t present sufficient evidence showing he intended to violate counterfeit laws.

The 70-year-old founder of the so-called “Liberty Dollar Operation” minted his own silver coins that looked very much like U.S. silver dollars, intending them to be used as “private barter currency” for goods and services in direct competition with the Federal Reserve. He sold them to distributors in a Pyramid-style operation, accepting Federal Reserve greenbacks for the purchases, reportedly putting more than $20 million Liberty Dollars into circulation before being arrested by the FBI on federal counterfeiting and conspiracy charges.

The post-conviction motions, the judge said, presented “a question as to the scope and extent” of Congress’ exclusive power to coin money.

Von NotHaus argued his conviction “infringes on the public’s right to utilize private bartering systems” and that it is not illegal or counterfeiting for a private individual to compete with the Federal Reserve.

The judge said he was not ruling that private barter systems are illegal. He also said that while the Constitution doesn’t give Congress the exclusive right to coin money, it does “expressly prohibit” states from doing that.

“It is undisputed that Congress has the ability to enact comprehensive laws concerning the coinage of money, the value of money, and counterfeiting,” the judge’s ruling said.

Further, the judge ruled that Congress does indeed possess the power to make it illegal for someone like von NotHaus to mint coins—whether they resemble U.S. coins or are of original design—if they are intended for use in monetary transactions.

Vorhees order said the jury that heard the evidence against von NotHaus found that his Liberty Dollars were counterfeit and that he intended to break federal law by minting and selling them.

After earlier interest by the Secret Service, the FBI opened a criminal investigation in 2004 after the Asheville, N.C., police department got a report the State Employees Credit Union that someone had attempt to “pass a coin that looked similar to United States coinage.”

The judge said the jury that heard the case “was in a position to evaluate the specific and fine points of the Liberty Dollars” before unanimously concluding they were counterfeit and that von NotHaus intended to break federal law.

“There is a heavy burden to prove that a jury’s verdict and findings of facts are wrong,” the judge said, denying von NotHaus’ motions to set aside his convictions or grant a new trial.

While operating the Royal Hawaiian Mint in the late 1990s, von NotHaus founded “The National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and Internal Revenue Code” or NORFED. To circumvent laws, he also started the Free Marijuana Church of Honolulu, where he called himself the “high priest.”

But it was his Liberty Dollar operation that captured national headlines as von NotHaus claimed NORFED would compete with the Federal Reserve System just like FedEx does with the U.S. Postal Service.

He later moved its headquarters to Evansville, Ind., Later, where he teamed with James W. Thomas, publisher of Media Bypass, a now-defunct magazine popular with antigovernment “Patriots,” sovereign citizens and extremists with anti-Semitic agendas.

NORFED issued and circulated five coins in one, five, ten, twenty and fifty dollar denominations. The Liberty Dollars, marked as “America’s inflation-proof currency,” were minted at Sunshine Minting, Inc. in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

While the coins actually contained silver, trial evidence showed von NotHaus and his operation would recall and re-mint the coins if the “average spot price” of that precious metal exceeded the face value of a particular coin.

“We never refer to the American Liberty as a coin,” von NotHaus said in an interview in 1999. “The word ‘coin’ is a government-controlled term. This is currency that is free from government control.”

“When the people own the money, they control the government,” he said. “When the government owns the money, it controls the people.”

Small-Town Montana Residents Organize to Oppose Presence of White Nationalists

By David Neiwert on November 19, 2014 - 3:47 pm, Posted in Academic Racism, White Nationalism

A collection of citizens in the small resort town of Whitefish, Mont., banded together earlier this week to demand that their local town council take action to deal with the effects of the presence of a nationally prominent white-nationalist organization in their midst.

Calling themselves Love Lives Here, the group packed the Whitefish City Council chambers on Monday night to demand the council pass an anti-hate ordinance that would bar such groups from assembling in the city.

The object of their ire was Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute, a hate group that is one of the leading exemplars of academic racism. Spencer moved his national headquarters to Whitefish from Washington, D.C., several years ago. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines 11/19/14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 19, 2014 - 8:00 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Liberaland: Woman accused of KKK activity explains that some of her best friends are black.

Right Wing Watch: Donnie Swaggart claims that gay-rights activists would love to behead Christians.

Vice: The feds are trying to decimate the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, and so far succeeding.

JoeMyGod: AFA head Tim Wildmon warns that the Human Rights Campaign has declared war on Christians.

Think Progress: Mississippi group seeks to have government declare Christianity the official state religion.

Talking Points Memo: Virginia students protest administrator’s tweet describing interracial couples as a ‘worst nightmare.’

Heimbach Flusters Movement Elite With Calls For ‘Death To America’

By Keegan Hankes on November 18, 2014 - 3:05 pm, Posted in Christian Identity, Klan, Racism, White Supremacist

A slide from Matthew Heimbach’s presentation.

Tempers flared and growing ideological differences came to a head at Stormfront’s Smoky Mountain Summit this year, as generational tensions took center stage.

The lightning rod was a presentation by Matthew Heimbach, co-founder of the Traditionalist Youth Network, who addressed attendees with calls for “#DeathToAmerica.” But his presentation, his second in recent years, caused a stir, particularly among the old guard.

Rehashing many familiar white nationalist talking points including a Jewish controlled U.S. federal government and a strident critique of affirmative action, Heimbach’s speech also visited less familiar ground, depicting an America that was born out of a secret partnership between the Free Masons and the Jews—one that has come to be a collection of individuals bound together only by money-worship and meaningless, government documentation.

“You are the wrong color, ladies and gentlemen. You are the wrong color to be an American and enjoy the American Dream. I’m sorry,” Heimbach told the crowd. “The meritocracy of America is skin color.”

While his presentation earned praise from the likes of Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, who personally invited Heimbach to the conference, others were not as pleased and voiced such displeasure that Black had to cancel a scheduled question-and-answer session at the conclusion of Heimbach’s presentation. Others took to the Internet with their gripes.

Pastor Thom Robb, former leader of the Knights Party and a well-known Christian Identity preacher and founder of the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute, a summer camp for children to foster the tools for them to “fight for our racial redemption,” was insulted by Heimbach’s presentation.

“He was fundamentally wrong on several things and his presentation was unschooled,” Robb wrote on a Stormfront thread a week later. “Speakers should be experienced, grounded, mature and employ wisdom, otherwise they will never inspire others or be able to give a vision for others to grasp.”

He added, “Perhaps Matt will someday, becomes [sic] those things, but until then he needs to humble himself and seek wisdom both of which he, at this time, lacks.”

Robb had additional reason to be upset with Heimbach. As Robb led a prayer at dinner immediately following the presentation, Orthodox attendees, including Heimbach, reportedly interrupted his grace with a prayer of their own.

The issues with Heimbach’s ever-evolving extremism go far beyond his presentation, and, in fact, have garnered him support with other groups on the radical right, namely the League of the South (LOS), the neo-Confederate group where Heimbach began his racist journey.

Heimbach was recently promoted to Assistant Head of the Training Department within the LOS, a new branch of the LOS focused on creating materials to give to new members to help them understand “Southern Nationalism” and the objectives of the neo-confederate hate group. Those objectives, according to LOS President Dr. Michael Hill in the essay “Our Survival As A People,” include fighting “the ultimate compromise of racial extinction through miscegenation.”

Judge Tells Simcox He Can’t Rely on ‘Grand Conspiracy’ Defense in Molestation Trial

By David Neiwert on November 18, 2014 - 2:29 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Nativist Extremist, Trial Updates
Chris Simcox.

Chris Simcox.

Chris Simcox, the erstwhile border vigilante Minuteman movement leader, has been sitting in the Maricopa County Jail for over a year as he awaits trial on two counts of child molestation, one involving his own preteen daughter. But, judging from a recent court appearance, he is confident that he will win his freedom.

How? Apparently Simcox has some secret evidence.

According to a report from Stephen Lemons at Phoenix New Times, Simcox indicated during a recent court hearing on a possible plea agreement that there is previously unknown reasons for his arrest.

Documents filed by Simcox’s attorneys suggest he will attempt a defense based on claims that he was targeted for prosecution because of his high political profile, and that the charges against him are built on evidence from two daughters who were subject to “parental alienation” because of a “contentious divorce.”

However, Judge Joseph Welty of Maricopa County Superior Court apparently was not buying. Saying that Simcox was suggesting “some grand conspiracy at play,” he reminded Simcox, 53, that the evidence against him also involved victims who were not his daughters, and that the charges he faced were not political crimes.

The purpose of the hearing last week was to review the plea bargain that prosecutors had offered to Simcox earlier this year that would limit his prison time to seven years in exchange for a guilty plea. However, Simcox adamantly continued to refuse the deal, saying he intended to prove his innocence in court.

Simcox’s refusal ensures that the two victims in the case—one of them his now-teenage daughter, the second being a friend of hers who Simcox was supposed to be babysitting at the time—will be required to testify on the stand. The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 17, but Simcox’s decision on the plea bargain probably means it will be pushed forward to January.

According to Lemons, a previous judge in the case ensured that so-called “propensity evidence”—involving previous incidents that suggest the defendant’s crime is part of a behavior pattern—would also be admitted.

As the SPLC reported in 2005, Simcox was accused by his first wife of molesting another daughter when she was a teenager, though no complaint was ever made to police. His second wife also sought custody of their teenage son because, she said, Simcox had become violent and unpredictable. His third wife—the mother of his current accuser—took out a restraining order against Simcox in 2010 when she divorced him.

If convicted, Simcox could face up to life in prison.

American Front Leader Given Six-Month Sentence for Teaching Combat Skills

By Bill Morlin on November 18, 2014 - 2:10 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads, Trial Updates

The leader of the American Front—once facing 30 years in prison—received a sentence of just six-months last week for teaching firearms and combat skills to his neo-Nazi followers, described as a heavily-armed, white supremacy militia.

FaellasThe sentencing of Marcus “Mark” Faella on Nov. 10 in Kissimmee, Fla., was an anti-climatic end to what had been the largest domestic terrorism case ever prosecuted in that state. He was convicted by a jury in September.

The judge denied a request from defense attorney Ronald L. Ecker II to reverse Faella’s conviction on the grounds the jury was prejudiced by a “political flier” showing masked American Front members posing with assault weapons and a Molotov cocktail.

Faella, 41, likely will be released from jail within four months, but he will serve two years of “community control” with 24-hour electronic monitoring and 10 years probation, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The neo-Nazi leader, his wife, Patricia, and 11 other members of the American Front were arrested in May 2012 after police raided what court documents described as a fortified training compound on 10-acres owned by the couple near St. Cloud, Fla.

The arrests came after police raided what court documents described as a fortified compound near St. Cloud, Fla., where Faella and his wife, Patricia, 39, were accused of conducting illegal paramilitary training, attempting to shoot into an occupied dwelling and prejudice while committing a crime. Some of the combat training, authorities said, was carried out by an American Front member who was a military reservist from Missouri.

But, for reasons that have never been fully explained, the case began to fall apart shortly after the handcuffs were slapped on the suspects. Last April, prosecutors moved to dismiss charges against nine of the American Front members. The FBI said it was a state case, while local authorities said it was a federal investigation. One apparent weakness in the prosecution’s case involved a surveillance video released to defense attorneys who said the tape didn’t show any crimes being committed.


Hatewatch Headlines 11/18/14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 18, 2014 - 8:34 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: GOA’s Larry Pratt says Obama opposes guns because ‘we might just use them’ on ‘tyrants’ like him.

Crooks and Liars: KKK threatens liberal blogger at her home for reporting on hackers’ unmasking of hate group.

Raw Story: Woman who disrupts Muslim prayer service says Drudge and God sent her.

Right Wing Watch: Brigette Gabriel says there’s ‘no chance’ Muslims will ever blend in with American culture.

Access ADL: Frosty Wooldridge, FAIR advisory board member, promotes racist views in anti-Semitic publication.

Think Progress: Alabama defends ban on LGBT marriage with work of ‘largely unbelievable’ experts.

Hate Group Leader Attends Gathering at the Vatican

By Evelyn Schlatter on November 17, 2014 - 2:39 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT
Tony Perkins.

Tony Perkins.

Tony Perkins, director of the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council (FRC), will be attending an interreligious conference on “traditional marriage” (Nov. 17-19) hosted by the Vatican, about a month after a Synod of Bishops on the family issued an initial draft report that included calls for greater openness to LGBT people and divorced Roman Catholics who had remarried. The paragraphs were removed after conservative backlash.

This latest event is being co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

The gathering, titled “On the Complementarity of Man and Woman,” will feature more than 30 speakers who represent 23 countries and 14 religious faith traditions and hammers home the notion that marriage is a strictly heterosexual affair and thus, by extension, only families that have one man and one woman are valid.

Anti-LGBT groups have been pushing this idea for years for years, whether through claims they only want to uphold “traditional marriage” or by demonizing LGBT people, as the FRC has done for years, referring to them as promiscuous and prone to disease and falsely claiming that LGBT people are sexual predators interested in children.

Tony Perkins is also well-known for his anti-LGBT statements, including falsely linking homosexuality to pedophilia, claiming that gay parents are bad for children, and calling homosexuality “destructive” and promoting discredited reparative therapy to make gay people heterosexual.

Others attending the colloquium include Nicholas Okoh, the Anglican archbishop of Nigeria, who has called homosexuality a manifestation of the devil and Pastor Rick Warren, who said in 2008 that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. Warren has since backpedaled, and claimed that he can be “tolerant” and “accepting” without being “approving” of homosexuality, though in 2012 he likened homosexuality to arsenic.

Since Pope Francis I was elected to the high office, he has been at least moderate on some hardline doctrines and has replaced conservative church officials (see here, here) with moderates as well as demoted some.

The Pope also has been seemingly conciliatory about so-called “nontraditional” relationships. Last year, he famously said, “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can’t marginalize these people.” But when asked about civil unions in March, he stated that, “We have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”

Perhaps to clarify confusion about Catholic doctrine that came out of the recent Synod, the Pope’s comments this morning to the conference certainly appear to ensure that LGBT people are, indeed, marginalized from marriage.

“It is fitting,” he said, “that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman. This complementarity is a root of marriage and family.”

The Pope added his hopes that the “colloquium will be an inspiration to all who seek to support and strengthen the union of man and woman in marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for persons, communities, and whole societies.”

Alex Linder Announces Plans To Shutter Hate Forum VNN Tonight

By Heidi Beirich on November 17, 2014 - 2:33 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

VNN-forumAfter begging for money for weeks, raging anti-Semite Alex Linder announced today that his Vanguard News Network will shut down at midnight after a failed fundraising campaign that asked his supporters to contribute $2,500 each quarter to keep the forum up and running.

“I am begging. It’s humiliating as hell, but I am,” Linder said two weeks ago in a post claiming he could no longer pay the bills.

Pointing to the usual target of his hatred, the post said, “You want to fight jews [sic]? I have the will and ability to do so, as proved over two decades.”

Though clearly broke, Linder defiantly proclaimed, “I believe VNN has made a difference so far, and will continue to do that in the future. I see more and more stuff taking a VNNlike [sic] line, and that is very heartening. It shows that we are right, and if we just keep going, we are ginning up more and more people…Things are going our way.”

Speaking of “ginning up” people, VNN provided a forum for many famous racists, perhaps most notably Frazier Glenn Miller, the raging anti-Semite who went on a shooting spree in April that killed three people in Overland Park, Kan. He posted thousands of times on VNN using the name “Rounder.”

This morning Linder was $700 short of the $2,500 he needed to pay the Website’s bill. It remains unknown if VNN will return, though Linder has claimed VNN will go down long enough “for people to think about things.”

Unfortunately, his hate career will continue over at